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How to Make a Foam Archery Target That Serves for Long?

how to make a foam archery target
Written by Erik Himmel

Any archer – whether beginner or seasoned – needs to use a target to make themselves a better shooter with improved accuracy. It’s understandable why quality targets are critical. Then, why foam for an archery target and no other materials? Its versatility and ability to survive violent strikes from arrows/broadheads should suffice. Moreover, you can customize the target size and foam density as required if you make one on your own. Need more reasons to learn how to make a foam archery target? I bet you don’t. So, let’s…

How to Make a Foam Archery Target?

Don’t worry, it won’t take you long hours to make one. Stay with me, and you’ll learn how to make a foam archery target.

a Foam Archery Target

1. Required Supplies

  • 24″ square foam floor mats
  • 6 – 3′ lengths of 2×4
  • 2 – 1′ lengths of 2×4
  • 3″ wood screws (Exterior)
  •  Cutter (Box)
  • Drawing instrument for example T-square
  • Handheld saw or circular saw
  • Powerful drill machine
  • 1/2″ drill bit
  • Grinder with hacksaw or cutoff disk
  • nuts (8 – 3/8 inches)
  • washers (8 – 3/8inches)
  • washers (8 – ½ inches)
  • Coarse thread rod
  •  spanner wrench (3/8 inches)
  • Locking pliers
  • Sharpie

2. Make Your Foam Ready for the Job

Your first job is cutting different pieces of foam into uniform shape and size. Get your drawing instrument, in this case, you will use a T-square. Get one piece of foam and measure 12 inches from the edge of the piece and leave a mark there. Do the same thing for other pieces of foam.   Stack different pieces of foam in such a way so that the marking you make earlier on each piece of foam stay along the same line.

Make Your Foam Ready for the Job

Get the  T-square drawing tool again and mark a line which will pass through markings which were placed earlier on each piece of foam. Take a box cutter and cut different pieces of foam along the line that you just draw using the T-square. Make the cut as straight as possible. In this way, you will get several pieces of foam having the same size and shape.

3. Make the Base

In this step, you need to make a base to place your target. To do that cut pair of wood pieces of different measurement. One pair would be larger than the other. Measurement of larger pair should be 6 inches in length and 3 inches in height. The measurement of the shorter pair would be 2 inches in length and 1 inch in width. Using nails attach the two pair with each other. The shape of the base would look like a small ladder with just two steps supporting the polyethylene foam.

4. Make the Top Ready

Follow the same process to make the top of the target. Again you need to cut pieces of wood into two pair of the dissimilar wood piece and the like the above process using nails to make a  ladder like wood structure

5. Use the Threaded Rods

In this step, you need to attach a threaded rod with the base.  The function of the threaded rod is to keep the foam pieces in place. Use washers of varying dimension to secure the rod with the base.

6. Add the Foam

Stack different pieces of foam by placing one piece over the other.  While stacking, make sure all pieces are perfectly aligned.  It will ensure that the surface of the target will have a smooth surface.

7. Compress the Added Foam

This step will appear to be cumbersome and exhausting as well. Your different pieces of foam are now placed between the base and top part of the target. Remember that you made both top and base part of the target earlier. By using spanner wrench, compress different pieces of foam. But do not compress so tightly. So much compression will make the target too rigid to pull the arrow.

8. Get Rid of the Excess

This is step is about cutting off extra threaded rods from the base. You can use hacksaw or grinder to do the job.

10. Do This Last Thing

This is the final step.In this step, you will check how good your DIY target is. If you find out that the arrow penetrates easily the center position of the target, rearrange different pieces of foams. Interchange the position of the top piece of foam with the bottom piece and vice versa. You need to shuffle different pieces several times to get a perfect target.

About the author

Erik Himmel

A Part-Time Firearm Instructor

Hi, this is Erik. We all know firearms are dangerous, but only when one doesn’t know how to use and care for them. I have 15+ years of experience with different types of guns and for the last 10 years, I have taught numerous people how to hold and shoot a gun while staying safe and keeping the surroundings unharmed. My neighbors are some of my biggest admirers who enjoy talking to me about their guns, firearms safety and maintenance.

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